It’s been a season filled with bad and disappointing news for the New York Knicks.
But since it is the holiday season, even the Knicks deserve a little bit of cheer as we head into the Christmas season. However the Knicks cheer won’t come from Santa Claus, a glass of eggnog or even a kiss under the mistletoe.
No, instead it will come in the long-awaited return of All-Star center Tyson Chandler, who reportedly could return to the Knicks lineup as early as Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Chandler, as of Monday morning, has not ruled out returning Wednesday in Milwaukee. Chandler is supposed to be reevaluated Monday and must be cleared by the medical staff. The next game after Milwaukee is not until Saturday against Memphis — that appears the latest he would be back.
The All-Star broke his left fibula in the first quarter of the season’s fourth game. The Knicks were 1-2 at the time, but Chandler was the only one showing any energy at the defensive end of the floor.
His value immediately became crystal clear to anyone who has even doubted how important Chandler is to this team as the results haven’t been pretty in his absence.
Since Chandler was injured, the Knicks record has been 6-14 and they rank 25th in defensive efficiency. You aren’t going to win many games defending that way.
While Chandler is the anchor of the Knicks defense and will make a huge difference, you have to wonder what type of immediate impact he will have, given as poorly as the rest of his teammates have defended.
But regardless the Knicks were due for a bit of good news and I couldn’t think of anything better at this time of year than the return of Chandler.